The presidential primary process can be more complex than it appears. The primary process is a way for the two main parties, the Republican Party and the Democratic Party, to select their official nominee for the general presidential election from a group of candidates. Each party has their own way of selecting their presidential nominee and their own convention, where the official nominee is announced. Each year states are holding these primary elections and caucuses sooner and sooner in hope of increasing influence in the nomination process; this has created problems and less known candidates are less likely to be nominated. All states and U.S territories hold either a primary election or caucus for both the Democratic Party and the GOP.
Democratic Party presidential primaries 2008 This paper is targeting at explaining the significance of Barack Obama’s 2008 democratic primaries victory as well as its causes and consequences. Primaries are elections that take place before the general state ones in order to select candidates. There are seven types of primaries in the U.S. Closed ones in which the right to vote belongs only to registered party members; they exist in thirteen states. Semi-closed primaries also allow to vote only party members, though unaffiliated voters enjoy this right as well; the system exists in another thirteen states.
The electoral primary in the is the second most highly anticipated elections in the race for presidential office. The four major political parties in the United States choose a front-runner to represent the entire party. The two major political parties in the US are the Democratic and Republican parties.
Next, one has to consider whether institutional or attitudinal electoral influences is more persuasive when explaining the voter turnout decline observed since the 1960’s. Piven and Cloward’s notion that party systems, electoral practices, and institutional barriers discourage and limit voting, as seen with the and Motor Voter Act, can remain true, but should be analyzed through the lens of registration. The Motor Voter Act was successful in regards to increasing registration and interest in voting. However, there was no significant increase in the voter turnout after the Motor Voter Law was implemented. Concerning Powell’s studies that voter turnout is disadvantaged by party systems, registration requirements, distance to voting location,
In this essay, I will analyze the very relevant issue of voter turnout. In fact, in the last few years, there have been a very small number of people involved in politics and citizens have behaved in an increasingly passive and apathetic way toward political matters. This demonstrates the weakness in the working process of modern democracies. If we look at the history, for example going back in the Athenian democracy, where all citizens, included the lower classes, participated actively in the politics, or if we think about the fight for universal suffrage, it is very shocking to realize that people of our century seem not really to use their right to vote. Hence, this clearly makes us question the causes of this apathy.
The U.S. republican polity has absorbed the concept of Athenian democracy and safeguarded the "people's" participation, trust, and restriction of the government. It is intended to pursue "the greatest happiness of all citizens. " It used the representation system to reform Rome's citizen conference, making it an "indirect democracy" agency of "consignment-agent. " It borrows from the strengths of the monarchy, strengthens the function and role of the executive power, and gives it to a single person to exercise. At the same time, the founding members of the United States have also drawn lessons from the theory and system of decentralization in past generations and transformed them into a composite decentralization and checks and balances system
The right to vote was a privilege given to only a particular group of people in the past. The right to participate in the judicial system to some is an honor. This process allows people to voice and chose who they want in office or what issue they want to support. Voter Id laws are incorporated into our society as a form of control in order to keep people silent. Voter id laws are under controversy because the law is viewed as being discriminatory against minorities.
As citizens of The United States of America, voting is arguably one of the most important political rights we hold. Progressively throughout history more and more people were allotted this right, until it became a freedom of every legal citizen. Although, looking at the statistics we see that non-voting in America hits drastic percentages with the numbers of participants declining each time. This historic issue is neglected to be seen as a problem, and is still over looked by some political scientists. In E.E Schattschneiders book, The Semi Sovereign People, he explains why this is in fact an issue.
All american citizens are raised with the knowledge that they are required to participate in the governance of their nation. This is, perhaps, at odds with the execution of that participation. One of the issues with most individuals growing up in our society is one of agency. Many young people are told they are not ready to make decisions for themselves. That they lack experience and knowledge.
Minority communities have seen a fall in civic participation since the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Many individuals have reasons why they have not participated in recent elections, and many political scientists are discovering potential institutional factors that are limiting minority participation. Demographics like age, income, and education; US citizenship; political learning; and a decline in social networks affect civic participation at the civic level and things like voting complexity, technology failures, and a need for poll worker training, voting early and reduction of polling places are institutional barriers for minorities. However, minority communities and political parties seeking their votes do have options and strategies
David Setaris wrote an important reflection and criticisms about the undecided voters in the American elections. Information is crucial for all voters when making the decision about which candidate will be better as leader for the American people. Analyzing the candidate platform, their point of view, and perspectives are important things to look for when making the right decision .Undecided and confused voters are an easily influential target, who end up making the wrong decision .Political affiliation and decisions are individual rights that should always be respected.